Geospatial Revolution Project: Showing Mapping Solutions to Obesity

The Geospatial Revolution Project is a great integrated public service media and outreach initiative about the world of digital mapping and how it is changing the way we think, behave, and interact. Below is a video clip from Episode 2, showing how to find a healthy future through mapping supermarkets.

Mapping access to supermarkets in the United States can improve access to healthier foods to reduce obesity.  A a new app online called Food Desert Finder is an interactive map, displaying people in poverty without walkable (1 mile) access to a supermarket. VERTICES has also worked and contributed to similar projects from mapping healthy places to eat and grocery shop in Newark, New Jersey and mapping safe bike routes.

The Geospatial Revolution Project’s video’s are great to learn about the impacts of digital mapping! So far there were three episodes launched. The next one, Episode 4, will air May 3rd on the Big Ten Network, covering disease tracking and the benefits and challenges of using predictive technologies for cultural, agricultural, and environmental issues. These video’s can also be viewed on their website.

Source: Geospatial Revolution Project; Directions Magazine; Mapping Access to Supermarkets in the US; GIS in Public Health

Sachiye Day, VERTICES intern.


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